The following Marines have been officially “accounted for”
since this site was founded in December 2011.

Thanks to the tireless efforts of field teams and lab technicians,
researchers and nonprofit groups,
and families, friends, and comrades who never gave up hope,
this list will continue to grow.
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2017

19 Accounted For
last updated 21 July


Private Joseph Carmine Carbone
Company K, Third Battalion, 2nd Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
Remains located by 604th AGRS in 1946; buried as “Unknown.”
Moved to National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, 1949.
Accounted for 17 July 2017.
Burial information pending wishes of next of kin
 DPAA Announcement (21 July 2017)

Private Alberic Maurice “Bricky” Blanchette
Company K, Third Battalion, 2nd Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
Remains located by 604th AGRS in 1946; buried as “Unknown.”
Moved to National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, 1949.
Accounted for 17 July 2017.
Burial information pending wishes of next of kin
 DPAA Announcement (21 July 2017)

Corporal Anthony George Guerriero
Company B, First Battalion, 2nd Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 21 November 1943
Remains located by 604th AGRS in 1946; buried as “Unknown.”
Moved to National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, 1949.
Accounted for 11 July 2017.
Burial information pending wishes of next of kin
 DPAA Announcement (14 July 2017)

Corporal Raymond Clark Snapp
Company F, Second Battalion, 8th Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
Remains located by 604th AGRS in 1946; buried as “Unknown.”
Moved to National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, 1949.
Accounted for 11 July 2017.
Burial information pending wishes of next of kin
DPAA Announcement (14 July 2017)

PFC George Bernard Murray
Company B, First Battalion, 2nd Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
Accounted for 19 June 2017.
To be buried in Arroyo Grande, CA on 18 August 2017.
 DPAA Announcement (20 June 2017)
“Family Waiting for WWII Soldier’s Return from Tarawa” (2011)
“WWII Marine’s Remains Are Coming Home To Oceano” (2017)

PFC Ray James
Company F, Second Battalion, 8th Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
Remains located by 604th AGRS in 1946; buried as “Unknown.”
Moved to National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, 1949.
Accounted for 19 June 2017.
Burial information pending wishes of next of kin
 DPAA Announcement (19 June 2017)

Private Archie W. Newell
Company C, Second Tank Battalion, 2nd Marine Division
Missing in action on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
Reported as MIA; determined dead 26 January 1944.
Remains located by 604th AGRS in 1946; buried as “Unknown.”
Moved to National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, 1949.
Accounted for 12 June 2017.
Burial information pending wishes of next of kin
 DPAA Announcement (19 June 2017)

PFC Sam John Kourkos
Company M, Third Battalion, 8th Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 21 November 1943
Buried on Betio, “Division Cemetery, grave unknown,” November 1943.
Remains located by 604th AGRS in 1946; buried as “Unknown.”
Moved to National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, 1949.
Accounted for 9 May, 2017
Burial information pending wishes of next of kin
 DPAA Announcement (19 May 2017)

Corporal Henry Andregg, Jr.
Company C, Second Amphibious Tractor Battalion
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
Buried on Betio, “grave unknown,” November 1943.
Remains located by 604th AGRS in 1946; buried as “Unknown.”
Moved to National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, 1949.
Accounted for 9 May, 2017
To be buried in Chattanooga, TN on 25 August 2017.
 DPAA Announcement (19 May 2017)

Second Lieutenant George Stanley Bussa
Company F, Second Battalion, 8th Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
Buried in the field, “Cemetery 3, Row A, Grave 40,” November 1943.
Remains recovered by History Flight, 2016.
Accounted for 21 April, 2017.
To be buried in Arlington National Cemetery, 10 October 2017.
 DPAA Announcement (21 April 2017)

PFC Jack Junior Fox
Company L, Third Battalion, 2nd Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 22 November 1943
Buried on Betio, “details unknown,” November 1943.
Remains located by 604th AGRS in 1946; buried as “Unknown.”
Moved to National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, 1949.
Accounted for 21 March 2017.
Burial information pending wishes of next of kin
 DPAA Announcement (4 April 2017)

Private Donald Samuel Spayd
Company F, Second Battalion, 8th Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
Buried in the field, “grave unknown,” November 1943.
Remains recovered by History Flight, Jun3 2015.
Accounted for 16 March 2017.
To be buried in Arlington National Cemetery, 13 September 2017
 DPAA Announcement (17 March 2017)

Captain James Wentworth Boyden
VMTB-233
Pilot of TBF-1C 24264.
Missing in action from strike on Simpson Harbor, Rabaul on 14 February 1944.
Declared dead 15 February 1945.
Wreck of aircraft discovered in Simpson Harbor, 1980.
Site investigated and remains recovered 2015 – 2016.
Accounted for 3 March 2017.
Rose Hills Memorial Park, Whittier, CA
DPAA News Release (27 March 2017)
History of the crash site (via Pacific Wrecks)
Crew: PFC Bernard C. Pardun and PFC Arthur J. Patrickus

Second Lieutenant Harry Hamilton Gaver
Marine Detachment, USS Oklahoma
KIA at Pearl Harbor, 7 December 1941.
Buried as an unknown, Punchbowl Cemetery, 1941.
Accounted for 1 March, 2017.
Burial information pending wishes of next of kin
 DPAA Announcement (5 May 2017)

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Corporal Walter George Critchley
Company F, Second Battalion, 8th Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
Buried in the field, November 1943.
Accounted for 4 January, 2017.
To be buried in Arlington National Cemetery, 18 October 2017.
DPAA Announcement (6 January 2017)

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Gunnery Sergeant Sidney Asa Cook
Company E, Second Battalion, 8th Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
Buried in 8th Marines Cemetery #2, Grave #24, November 1943.
Accounted for 4 January, 2017
To be buried in Arlington National Cemetery, 6 September 2017.
DPAA Announcement (6 January 2017)

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PFC Larry Ronald Roberts
Special Weapons Group, Second Defense Battalion
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 25 November 1943
Buried in the field, November 1943.
Accounted for 4 January 2017.
Arlington National Cemetery (14 June 2017)
DPAA Announcement (6 January 2017)

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PFC James Ottis Whitehurst
Company E, Second Battalion, 8th Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
Buried in the field, November 1943.
Accounted for 4 January 2017.
Cowarts Cemetery, Cowarts, AL (12 April 2017)
DPAA Announcement (6 January 2017)
Obituary
“Remains of Marine killed during WWII being returned to Ashford”
“Marine recalls experience escorting fallen WWII vet home”
“Missing WWII Marine makes final journey home”

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Second Lieutenant Ernest Albert Matthews, Jr.
HQ Company, HQ Battalion, 2nd Marine Division
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
Buried in Grave 11, Row A, Eastern Division Cemetery, November 1943.
Accounted for 4 January 2017.
Burial information pending wishes of next of kin
DPAA Announcement (6 January 2017)